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Somerset is still essentially a rural county and its landscape is one of remarkable contrast. There are lowland marshes, soaring cliffs, sandy beaches, wild moors, wooded hillsides and chalk grasslands. It is possible to take almost every kind of transport to explore Somerset because it has a huge network of public footpaths, cycle routes, bridleways, canals, rivers, cobbled streets, steam trains and hot air balloons.
We have a National Park and International Dark Sky Reserve, Exmoor; a World Heritage Site, Bath; a huge coastal realignment scheme, Steart Marshes; one of the oldest engineered roads in the world and the highest inland and coastal cliffs in the country. We also do small and secret with tiny hamlets, hidden harbours, cosy pubs, low ceilings, medieval bridges, village shops and woodland glades.
Whatever it is you’re seeking in a new place to explore, we are pretty sure you’ll find it in Somerset.
Discover the secrets of the Somerset coast as you walk the Coast Paths. Spanning much of the length of the Bristol Channel, the Somerset coast offers everything from seaside resorts on golden-sand beaches to soaring cliffs and serene wetlands.
Uncover the stunning variety of scenery: compare the bleak majesty of the Mendip Hills with the ever-changing vistas of Exmoor, the soft folds of the southern hills, the rich green flatness of the Levels, the great expanses of sand beaches with their popular resort towns and the rocky headlands at either end of the Somerset shoreline.
If you like rolling hills, wild wetlands, coastal plains, soaring cliffs, deep gorges and patchwork fields you are in luck as Somerset has them all.
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